Board of Directors
Dr. Lauren Arenson
Dr. Lauren Arenson, completed her MA in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D at USC in Intercultural Education. She is a tenured professor at Pasadena City College where she teaches courses in Anthropology and Humanities and teaches part-time at CSULA in the departments of Anthropology and Chicano/Latino Studies. Dr. Arenson previously worked at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Page Museum, and the Los Angeles Zoo. She received the Ralph’s Story Service Award for significant contributions to colleges, the community, and the field of Education.
Hollace Davids, a founding member of the LLL, member of the FOSM, longtime resident of Highland Park, and former Entertainment marketing executive at Universal, Columbia, and TriStar Pictures. Her Hollace Davids Company has a client list that has included Disney, Imagine Entertainment, and the Starlight Foundation. A writer and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, she has a BA in Psychology from Goucher College, Baltimore and an Ed.M in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. Prior to her work producing premieres, publicity events, and fundraising benefits, she trained and taught at the Marianne Frostig Center for Children with Learning Disabilities.
Judith S. Deutsch
Judith S. Deutsch, BA, MA, CAHP, past Southwest Museum Director of Development (1983-86); BA in Art History, UCLA; MA in Museum Education, College of William & Mary; Art Conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum; and surveyor, AAM Museum Assessment Program (MAP), Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, Washington, D.C. An accomplished fundraising executive, she helped raise $265 million for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Campaign/UCLA), and is a Founding Director of Historic Fire Station 62, where she is helping to design, build, and run a Mar Vista Community Center.
Olga Hall, member of FOSM since 2005 and her family have been residents of Highland Park for over 50 years. Ms. Hall has been involved with the Community as a Girl Scout Leader, became an advocate for the rights of students and parents in Title 1 schools, and continues her involvement as a founding member of the LLL.
John Neese, a native Angelino with over 50 years in Highland Park and owner of Galco’s, an Italian family grocery store he transformed into an internationally known destination for soda and beer, has a business model of inclusion and reciprocity with small businesses supporting each other. He has drawn media attention and been interviewed on topics from business to politics. In 2000 he moved two houses which contributed to the revival of the Neighborhood. He has volunteered and served on various committees including the Highland Park Heritage Trust and FOSM, and is a founding member of the LLL.
Mari Pritchard Parker
Mari Pritchard Parker, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Pasadena City College teaches introductory courses in Anthropology, as well as oversees supervision of the Applications of Archaeology Field Work Program. She has spent 35 years as an archaeologist working closely with the indigenous American populations of California. She has an MS from the University of California at Riverside, and is the co-author of six national publications. Professor Pritchard Parker is the founder and president of the Milford Archaeological Research Institute (see below), Chair of the FOSM, and Founder the LLL.
Jesse Rosas, has served as Treasurer for the FOSM for the past five years and is a founding member of the LLL. Mr. Rosas has been a business owner in Los Angeles and Highland Park where he has lived with his family for over 30 years. He has been active in community organizations and associations, including the Audubon Center at Debs Park, Northeast Business Association, Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Friends of Highland Park, and Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew Salas, son of Ernie P. Teutimez-Salas, Chief of the Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians–Kizh Nation. Since 2008, Mr. Salas has served as Chairman of the Tribe. Under the guidance of his father, he has attained over 35 years of experience in Native American consulting and protection of tribal cultural resources. He works closely with archaeologists, museums, colleges, and lead agencies on revitalizing the Gabrieleño culture and serves as the region’s only Tribal Representative for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument designated in 2014 by President Barak Obama.
Yvonne Sarceda, Project Coordinator at a northeast LA non-profit that supports youth and families through community engagement in a primarily Hispanic demographic is a 45-year plus Mt. Washington resident. She has actively promoted the arts, historic preservation, youth leadership, and community, serving once as a Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council Arts Chairperson. She is currently an At-Large Director on the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and is a member of the Highland Park Heritage Trust, Mount Washington Homeowners’ Alliance, SWM Mural Restoration Committee, Co-Chair of the FOSM for the past five years, and a founding member of the LLL.
John A. Torres
John A. Torres, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Mt. Jacinto College has been a professional archaeologist and anthropologist for over 25 years, was raised in California, and spent most of his life in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest—the traditional homeland of the Navajo People. Professor Torres, of Navajo and Chicano descent, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from U.C. Riverside after attending Sherman Indian School. He served as Curator of Archaeology, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture–Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM, and curated the major exhibitions The Harlow Collection: Early Historic Pueblo Ceramics; Touched by Fire: The Art, Life and Legacy of Maria Martinez; and Allan Houser (Haozous) Progression: 1974-94
Annotated Advisory Council Members
Dennis Harbach worked for the Los Angeles Personnel, Harbor, and Public Works Departments retiring from the position of Human Resources Director, Department of Public Works in 1999. He has volunteered at the Autry, Southwest, and Huntington Museums. An expert on Charles F. Lummis, he wrote a two-volume account of 7,000 historically significant visitors to the Lummis home, including John Muir, Will Rogers, Frederic Remington, and Clarence Darrow. Charles Lummis’ Home: El Alisal’s Remarkable Visitors, published in 2015.
Charles Douglas Lummis
Charles Douglas Lummis was born on August 27, 1936 in San Francisco, California. He received a bachelor’s in political science with honors, University California, Berkeley, 1958. Master of Arts in Political Science, University California, Berkeley, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, University California, Berkeley, 1972. During his career he was assistant to associate professor Fairhaven College, Bellingham, Washington, 1973—1979. Professor Tsuda College, Tokyo, 1980—2000. Rajni Kothari chair Democracy Center Study Developing Societies, Delhi, India, 2004—2005.
He was instructor at Deep Springs College, California, 1972, 82, 2007, 09, Okinawa International University, Ginowan City, since 2008. He served in United States Marine Corps, 1958-1961 in Virginia, California and Okinawa.
He is the son of Keith and Dorothy Lummis and grandson of Charles Fletcher Lummis.
Christian Rodriguez, Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles is the docent at El Alisal, the home of Charles Fletcher Lummis, founder of the Southwest Museum. In addition, he is the Operations Coordinator at the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles (ISLA) at Occidental College and a staff member of the Historical Society of Southern California.
Ernie P. Teutimez-Salas
Ernie P. Teutimez-Salas, Chief and spiritual leader of the Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians—Kizh Nation has proven to be the most recognized and most accurately documented direct lineal descendant of former native ancestors of Kizh/ Gabrieleño Villages (rancherias), and the Villages of Sibangna Siba, Tameobit, and Atongai/Tamet in Gabrieleño history. Chief Salas is the great-great-grandchild of Nicolas Jose, a man of great power who had an important role in the rebellion of 1784 at Mission San Gabriel. He has taught his Tribe to have self-respect and to keep their culture and way of life alive.
Matthew Teutimez, son of John Teutimez Jr., Elder of the Kizh- Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians, is an active member of the Tribe and has served as Tribal Biologist since 2010. He studied Kizh Gabrieleño culture from Chief Ernie T. Teutimez-Salas and multiple members of the Tribe. Mr. Teutimez received both his BS and his MS from Cal State University Long Beach and has become the Tribe’s specialist in ethno-botanical and cultural uses of native plants and animals as well as historical natural resource distributions within the traditional Kizh Tribal territory.
Mark Thompson, noted biographer and authority on Charles Lummis. His works include, American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and Rediscovery of the Southwest, 2001. He has a blog: charleslummis.com.
Ann Walnum, a volunteer nurse during WWII received her BA and teaching credential at USC, married, and moved to Mt. Washington in 1952 where she retired from teaching public school and continues to teach piano and violin privately. Politically active, she is dedicated to the restoration of the Southwest Museum, is a founding member of FOSM, and LLL, and volunteers with Anahuak Youth Sports Association, the Los Angeles River Center, the Audubon Center, Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance, Highland Park Heritage Trust, and the Lummis Day Festival since its inception.